Jim,

Your UK division probably just does not have access to the MPS menu because
all the MPS programs are MRP programs and should have been included with
your purchase of the MRP module.  If you are going to be evaluating a
corporate wide ERP strategy you really would not be wasting much effort by
implementing the MRP process in BPCS.  No matter what ERP application you
choose the MRP module will function very similar to BPCS.  The steps
required for you to implement the BPCS MRP will give you a head start for
the UK division by cleaning up your foundational data (BOM, Item masters,
etc.) for your future ERP choice.  Your down sides would be your UK user
base would have to learn the BPCS MRP module and then the new ERP solution.
You may find that your users are now comfortable with BPCS MRP and will be
against the change to the corporate ERP solution, especially if it is less
functional than BPCS in that area.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Blackwell, Jim" <jblackwell@KBAlloys.com>
To: <bpcs-l@midrange.com>
Sent: Tuesday, July 09, 2002 11:17 AM
Subject: Implementing MRP


> Here's my short story.  I'm the new corporate IT guy.  One of our
divisions
> in the UK has BPCS 5.1.01 and went through the millennium conversion only.
> They have the MRP module but have never used it. They claim not to have
the
> MPS module.  Now their director wants to implement "some type of planning
> function". The issue is that we will be evaluating an ERP solution
> corporate-wide.  Is it worth trying to implement BPCS MRP for this
division
> as an interim step - and do we even have that option given the
> circumstances? I would appreciate anyone's thoughts. I have no hands-on
with
> BPCS.
>
> Jim Blackwell
> Corporate IT Director
> KB Alloys, Inc.
> Voice: (610) 693-1111, Extension 254
> Fax: (610) 693-8121
> Email: jblackwell@kballoys.com
>
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